SE2768 : Vaulted cellarium, Fountains Abbey

taken 1 year ago, near to Aldfield, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Vaulted cellarium, Fountains Abbey
Vaulted cellarium, Fountains Abbey
A cellarium (from the Latin cella, 'pantry'), also known as an undercroft, was a storehouse or storeroom, usually in a medieval monastery or castle. In English monasteries it was usually located in or under the buildings on the west range of the cloister. Supplies of food, ale and wines were stored there, under the supervision of the cellarer, one of the monastery's obedientiaries. He was often assisted by a sub-cellarer.
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When Fountains Abbey was still in use the cellarium would have been divided by cross partitions and not the long open space seen today. Surprisingly, the vaulted roof survived Henry VIII's dissolution of the abbeys. Spaces in the ceiling are now home to some of the eight different species of bat recorded from the Fountains estate, including a breeding population of Daubentonís bat and Nattererís bat. They have adapted their behaviour somewhat to cope with the regular flood-lighting SE2768 : Cellarium, Fountains Abbey

Perhaps the bats are the 'beasts obscene' of Peter Aram's poem SE2768 : Fountains Abbey (monochrome)
Fountains Abbey
Fountains Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery, founded in 1132. Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian houses in England. It is a Grade I listed building and owned by the National Trust. Along with the adjacent Studley Royal Water Garden, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Saturday, 12 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 August, 2017
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Lowlands  Public buildings and spaces  Religious sites  Country estates 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2744 6822 [10m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2743 6825
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